Chemical weapons chief reports on Syria mission

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    This OPCW organization is highly professional and diplomatic in how their mission operates within member states. As the United States was the impetus in pushing for this treaty starting in the President Reagan timeframe and signed by President Clinton with the Senate signing on to the agreement. With many of the Security Council permanent members a part of that process to get 189 countries to signup to the process is a blessing to the world.

    Hopefully, the OPCW with the help of countries that can provide specialized equipment and processes can clean up the Syrian chemical weapons within a few years. However, even in the United States of America, it took over twice as long as thought possible to destroy most of the chemical weapons. Syria doesn't have the same environmental, safety and health laws and that may make it possible in a shorter time. Our Army tried to get around some of the safety and health laws with gas masks that weren't approved for civilian workers.